Posted by: lvcpnews | October 8, 2015

New LCT Contact Address

October leaf colour in Crosby RavensworthPlease note that the official contact address for LCT is now:

Lyvennet Community Trust
Hall O’The Gate

Crosby Ravensworth

Penrith

Cumbria CA10 3JP

The email contact remains the same.

For Sale sign from Wilkes Green HillThere are only two remaining self-build plots and two shared ownership / outright sale houses left on the Stoneworks Garth site in Crosby Ravensworth.

We have sold 5 of the 7 building plots on the site for people to construct their own design of house. Included in the designs is a rare Bustin example of a Passivhaus. This only leaves the last 2 self-build plots to sell.

In addition there are also 2 ready build houses (one a 3 bedroom with garage and the other one a 2 bedroom property) available for sale, either on a ‘joint ownership’ basis or for outright purchase. All of the houses built by the LCT have very high levels of insulation and they are all heated by air source heat pumps. This arrangement means that they are all cheap to run as well as being cheap to rent or buy – truly affordable.

The village of Crosby Ravensworth is very rural but has easy access to the M6 at Shap and Orton (both approx. 6 miles). There are shops and post offices at Shap (4 miles) and Appleby which is 7 miles away. Penrith, at about 15 miles, is important for main line trains to the north and south of the country as well as being an important centre for larger supermarkets and an extensive range of shops. For rest and relaxation in the area there is an abundance of scenery all available through walking from the door as well as local history including the Iron Age fort at Ewe Close.

The community in Crosby Ravensworth is socially active with an interesting range of activities including pilates classes, play group, badminton, book club, cycling group, line dancing, old time dancing, Village Show, bi-monthly film nights, walking group, history society, etc.

There is also a thriving pub, The Butchers Arms, owned by the community. This is an important social hub and base for many of the local groups to meet in and use as a venue, including, Lyvennet Activity Group, a computer group, a weekly music group and a local photography group. The church was, recently, saved from redundancy and the Village Hall has been extensively modernised and extended. In addition the local primary school and private nursery go from strength to strength under new leadership this academic year.

If you want to live in this idyllic location you need to get your skates on !

The self-build plots and house sales are being handled by Wilkes Green + Hill who can be contacted on Tel. 01768 867999, website at www.wilkesgreenhill.co.uk or at 9-10 Angel Lane, Penrith CA11 7BQ.

Posted by: lvcpnews | June 21, 2013

Stoneworks Garth Wins LABC Best Large Housing Scheme

Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth

14 June 2013

LABC Regional Winner badgeOur housing scheme at Stoneworks Garth won the Best Large Housing Scheme category in the LABC 2013 Northern Regional Awards at the awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Gateshead on the 14th June.

LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said “Our regional building excellence awards are an opportunity to celebrate good practice.  All our winners demonstrated how attention to detail and a positive working relationship with Building Control departments can achieve high quality and sustainable buildings fit for the future.  Our awards are unique because they recognise how the work of local authority surveyors helps to improve building standards and boost sustainability and efficiency.

“This community focused housing development was built smoothly and efficiently to a very high standard of craftsmanship – showing the importance of working together to raise building standards.  I am sure everyone is really proud of this development that provides much needed affordable homes in an expensive part of the country and at the same time redevelops an unused brownfield site in a picturesque Cumbrian village.”

LABC is the member organisation representing local authority building control departments in England and Wales. Its membership includes over 3,000 professional surveyors and support technicians and has a 75% market share of building control across these sectors: domestic conversions and improvements; new homes and apartments; commercial offices, workshops, industrial and warehouses; education; healthcare; care homes; retail; leisure and entertainment; and stadiums.

All entries were assessed against the following criteria:

  • Compliance with building regulations and requests made by the building control team
  • Site safety
  • Consistency of construction
  • Relationship between client and BC team
  • Design, craftsmanship and architectural merit of the project
  • Good project team work
  • Innovation in construction techniques and materials to achieve overall excellence in the project
  • Stand out features and difficulties that were overcome specific to the project. This means it goes above and beyond normal practice
Posted by: lvcpnews | October 15, 2012

Stoneworks Garth – Official Opening – 14 October 2012

Our housing at Stoneworks Garth is being officially opened by Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and Borders at 1100 hrs on the 27th October 2012.

Rory has been extremely supportive of the scheme over the last couple of years promoting our community’s work and in realising our ambitions to become part of the Eden Valley Government’s Big Society vanguard.

We will during the opening be burying a time capsule in the scheme village green which contains documents about the housing, community and its residents.

Two of the completed houses will also be open for public viewing.

Please come along and celebrate the completion of our 12 homes

Posted by: lvcpnews | October 15, 2012

The Butchers Arms famous in USA – 14 October 2012

David Graham, Chair of the Lyvennet Community Trust and Lyvennet Community Pub from Crosby Ravensworth has just returned from the U.S National CLT Network’s Conference in Burlington, Vermont. Community Land Trusts (CLT’s) are basically communities, volunteer groups, who have taken on the role of managing land or property in trust for their communities. In Crosby Ravensworth the housing and pub are two examples of CLT’s in action. David is also Chair of the National CLT Network.

David had a hard time picking out one of the best quotes from his visit to see CLT’s in the States. He said “our American colleagues don’t find it hard to come up with inspiring sound bites or to rally crowds into action. “Inch by inch is a cinch. Yard by yard is hard.” was a definite favourite. You can’t help but come back from the States with a renewed energy and vigour. The ‘we can do it’ attitude is infectious”.

This year the conference, with over 300 delegates from around the world, focused on ‘Transforming Communities through Innovation and Collaboration’.  ‘Partnership’ was the hot word of the event and for this, the Network’s conference returned home to Burlington, the hot bed of CLTs in the U.S and the home of Champlain Housing Trust, the largest CLT in the States with over 2000 homes and the proud winner of the 2008 UN World Habitat Award.

The four-day conference included an International track, with David and a colleague presenting on CLT’s in England with slides covering, apart from the rest of the UK, the community housing and Butchers Arms pub in Crosby Ravensworth. Fellow presenters had come from Honduras, Puerto Rico, Australia and Belgium.

David discovered that the Butchers Arms in Crosby Ravensworth is really well known in CLT circles in America with delegates from Dakota, California, Florida to New York all wanting to know more about the pub and how they could own part of it. David added “On arrival in Burlington I was invited to join a few UK colleagues for a drink, little did I know that the location was one of our Butchers Arms shareholder’s homes. I was given a fantastic welcome by John Davis who quickly disappeared into his sitting room only to reappear with his framed share certificate taken from its prominent place on his sideboard. I had met John in London at a conference 2 years earlier, and boy, has he been sharing his interest in the Butchers Arms”.

David added about the conference “I came away feeling part of something big, something that captures the imagination and energises people all across the world. Roll on the 2014 conference which will be held in Cleveland!”

The city of Burlington is definitely special and unlike the rest of America. That’s true – the former Mayor of Burlington, Bernie Sanders, was the first US Senator to identify as a Socialist in the last 60 years. And it was certainly striking how many organisations in the town start with the word ‘community’ – there’s a Community Boathouse, Community Sailing Centre, Community health centres along with community farms and food cooperatives a plenty.

But inspiring community-action isn’t just confined to the idyllic lakeside town of Burlington. It was certainly also alive and very well in Boston, where David headed to next, this time for a ‘mini’ conference hosted by Dudley Street Neighbourhood Initiative (DSNI) on ‘Development without displacement’. The community in the last 18 years have delivered over 400 high quality affordable homes, community centres, new schools, Dudley Town Common, a Community Greenhouse, parks, playgrounds, gardens, an orchard and other public spaces. All are owned and managed by the community.

David commented “DSNI is a leading organisation in resident-led community development and one of the most inspiring organisations I’ve ever come across. DSNI has turned around the neighbourhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester, two of the poorest areas of Boston that were blighted by years of arson, neglect and disinvestment, into a vibrant and exciting place of opportunity. And they’ve done this by empowering the local people, including young people, developing the homes and holding the land in community ownership through a CLT. It was truly inspirational and quite humbling visit.”

David Graham (Middle), Chair of the National CLT Network and Chair of Lyvennet Community Trust and Pub, with members of DSNI, Boston.

David Graham (Middle), Chair of the National CLT Network and Chair of Lyvennet Community Trust and Pub, with members of DSNI, Boston.

Posted by: lvcpnews | July 9, 2012

Stoneworks Garth Greening Up – 7 July 2012

Stoneworks Garth real estate, minutes walk from Church and pub. Prime location.

Stoneworks Garth affordable homes, minutes walk from school, church and pub. Prime location.

The Stoneworks Garth site is now greening up and starting to look lived in.
Our builders have a couple of weeks snagging works to complete, mostly ground works.

Stoneworks Garth affordable homes

Stoneworks Garth affordable homes framing the central green. Self build plot for sale in foreground.

Posted by: lvcpnews | July 9, 2012

Shared Ownership and Self-Build plots – 1 July 2012

The two shared ownership properties; detached 2 and 3 bedroomed houses will be finished on 6th July 2012. We have plans in place to add a separate drive to the 3 bedroomed property along with a garage.

Plan of Stoneworks Garth Shared and Self-build Plots

Further details on both properties can be obtained by contacting Penrith Farmer and Kidd (PFK) on 01768 862323 or by emailing David Graham LCT Chair at lct@crosbyraven.freeserve.co.uk.

There are currently 4 self-build plots (Plots 14, 16, 18 and 19) still available. We have revised the layout on site creating 2 large plots from the original 3 plots along the western boundary of the site. These plots are suitable for 4 bed-roomed houses and have a superb outlook over open fields towards the village.

Tenants with LCT Trustees and some of the development team – 15th June 2012

Tenants with LCT Trustees and some of the development team – 15th June 2012

The 15th June 2012 saw the first tranche of keys handed over from our builders, Atkinson Homes, though our fingers and straight to the first seven tenants. The first of these tenants moved in on the 16th.

Quite a milestone for the LCT coming three and a half years after we first looked at the options for affordable homes for the Parish. On 23rd June we handed keys over to a further 2 tenants.


The 4 weeks leading up to key handover was chaotic with a major push by our builders and their subcontractors to meet the agreed handover deadline.


Our team comprising architect, Ian Smart of ipsarchitects, client representative, Mike Storey of Donleys and Neil McKaskie and Lewis Doyle of Atkinson Homes have produced an excellent scheme which hopefully befits our village and addresses the need for affordable housing.


Work is currently on-going to complete the last two properties; the shared ownership houses, and tidy up the last site external works. We anticipate that final site handover will be on the 6th July. The only remaining work will be tree planting on the green and this will be carried out in the autumn.

Having finished the LCT owned houses, the first of our self-builders will be starting on site in the next month.

Lyvennet Community Trust logo

“everything under one roof”

Lyvennet Community Trust – Annual General Meeting
The 2nd Annual General meeting of the LCT will take place on 17th May 2012 at Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall starting at 1730hrs.
The meeting will provide an opportunity to update both Members and the community on progress to date with the housing on Stoneworks Garth, the plans for completion of the scheme and ongoing management.
The AGM will also provide the opportunity for Members to stand for election to the Committee as one third of the existing Trustees / Directors stand down.

 

Further details are available as follows:

Posted by: lvcpnews | February 13, 2012

LGC Community Involvement Award Category

LGC Community Involvement Award Category
Projects to involve the community are central to the activities of local authorities, acting as a link between the council and its citizens to meet local needs. The government’s focus on the Big Society and the growing need to engage citizens as cuts bite places more emphasis than ever on this important topic.
EDEN DC
A number of communities in the area have been selected as vanguards for the government’s Big Society agenda, and what lies behind their success has been a true partnership approach. The council has built up a habit of listening to and working with communities to achieve goals. It knows that communities have a clear sense of direction in what they want to achieve and its role is to help them overcome any barriers that stand in their way and to get projects delivered.
Eden DC has produced a short film entitled “Growing up in the garden of Eden” which will be shown at the awards ceremony and can be viewed by following the link:
http://www.eden.gov.uk/your-community/community-information/growing-up-in-the-garden-of-eden/
The finalists across a number of categories will be announced at an event on 14th March 2012 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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